Indians Protest Against Recruitment Policy For The Military

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Thousands of protesters have set train coaches and vehicles ablaze in India as protests against a new short-term government recruitment policy for the military entered a third day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an overhaul of the recruitment process for the 1.38 million-strong armed forces, aimed at bringing in more people on short, four-year contracts to lower the average age of personnel.

Opposition parties and some members of Modi’s ruling Party say the system will lead to more unemployment in a country grappling with joblessness.

Nearly 25,000 police were deployed in the worst-hit Bihar state, where the protests spread to a dozen towns in eight districts.

Written by: Helen Obih

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